HOW TO GET RID OF A UTI FAST
What Are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)?
There is no time in life when you are comfortable with illness; no matter how mild or severe, we always want to be hale and hearty. However, there are some illnesses that make everything else go awry for us- UTIs are such types. A person with UTI can’t do anything else properly. Such person experiences an unease that makes them willing to pay any price to get rid of a UTI fast. In one word, UTIs are a nuisance to our peace and well being.
Urinary Tract Infections are infections in any of the upper urinary tract which contain the ureters and kidneys and the lower urinary tract which contain the urethra and bladder. UTIs occur in both male and female but is more common in females because of the situation of the urethra in their bodies. While in males, the urethra opens at the end of the penis, in females, it is shorter and opens in front of the vagina which makes it very easy for bacteria to be transferred to the bladder from other parts of the body.
Urinary tract infections occur in people of all ages, both adults and children are susceptible to it and it is more likely to people of particular blood groups than others. An infection in the urinary tract especially lower urinary tract is the second most common type of body infection. According to the National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), UTIs account for over 8 million visits to the doctors on an annual basis.
UTIs come with accompanying sensation in the urinary tracts including burnings, itching, bloody urine and even in some cases, fever and nausea. Another funny thing about UTI is that once a person has had it once, the person becomes more vulnerable to it especially if antibiotics were used to combine it the first time. It is therefore important not only to rid yourself of the pain and discomfort of the infection but to adopt a lifestyle and treatment that will rid you of the evil once for all. A UTI hydra is hell to live with. Fortunately, there are many modes of treatment and styles of living that not only solve present UTIs but also guarantee security from further recurrences.
Causes of UTIs
UTIs occur when bacteria colonize your bladder. In most cases, the bacteria are fit for other parts of the body and even needful there but some way, somehow, they find themselves in your bladder and they find it so conducive, they begin to make permanent plans to stay there and your trouble begins. There are also cases where the bacteria are alien to the body but still find the bladder conducive.
In some instances, some people have bladders that are vulnerable to UTIs while some have underlying health problems that cause UTIs. Most urinary tract infections, in fact, about 90% of UTI cases are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli). The urethra can be infected by Chlamydia and Mycoplasma bacteria, but not the bladder.
Among children, UTIs can occur when a child has the habit of holding urine for any reason. It can also happen if there are complications with the child’s genitals. Female children are also more vulnerable to UTIs if they don’t take proper care of their underwears and bodies.
In most UTI cases, it is difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of a UTI but there are some factors that propel the chances of developing a urinary tract infection. They are;
- Heavy use of antibiotics: antibiotics can initially relieve UTI but the side effect is that it also kills off friendly bacteria leaving the body more vulnerable to recurrent UTI or in some cases, the bacteria can even develop a resistance to the antibiotic
- Poor personal hygiene: nothing can take the place of a good hygiene in preventing infections and diseases. Poor hygiene exposes you to bacteria, fungi and parasites that weaken your immune system thereby making you susceptible to various infections among which UTI is chief
Menopause: women that have reached menopause are more likely to have UTI than those who haven’t. moreover, they can also develop UTIs more frequently
- Blocked flow of urine: the more you pass out urine, the more you are likely to flush bacteria from the bladder. If the flow of your urine is blocked, then bacteria has more likelihood of thriving and even starting a family in your bladder thereby causing UTI
- Sexual intercourse: younger women or those who engage in sexual activities regularly with different partners stand a higher risk of getting UTI.
- Diabetes: study has shown that people with diabetes have 60% chance of UTI that those without diabetes. This is due to poor circulation and high glucose levels of their bodies. A study by American Diabetes Association reveals that 9.4% of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes had UTI in comparison to 5.7% of people without diabetes.
- Pregnancy: while urinary tract infection is common among women compared to men, it is even more common among pregnant women. Hormonal changes in the systems of pregnant women make them more prone to UTI. In fact, according to March of Dimes “10% of pregnant women will get a UTI at some point during their pregnancy"
- Weak immune system: when a person’s immune system is suppressed, repressed or impaired, he or she is less able to fight off infections including UTI.
- UTI in men: because UTI is less common in men, it usually needs to be investigated for the cause to be discovered. The most common causes of UTI in men are; enlarged prostate, narrowed urethra, STI and some others.
UTI is caused by these factors as well; Urinary Catheter, Bowel Incontinence, Kidney Stones and some types of contraceptives.
Symptoms of UTIs
When the upper urinary tract is infected by a UTI, the symptoms are different from infections in the lower urinary tract. But there are cases where the symptoms are the same because of the spreading of the infection. These are also the symptoms according to the National Institute of Health
Symptoms in the Upper Urinary Tract
- Fever (temperature of up to 38 and above)
- Chills and shivering
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the side, groin and back area (can go from moderate to severe)
- Reddened skin
Symptoms in the Lower Urinary Tract
- Frequent urge to urinate especially just after you passed urine
- Pain or discomfort while passing out urine
- Cloudy, bloody or/and smelling urine
- Pain in the back and lower abdomen (pain in the pelvic area for women and rectal area in men)
Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections
You can get rid of urinary tract infection through different kinds of treatments.
This is the most common treatment of urinary tract infections. Antibiotics are the surest treatment to ensure infection doesn’t spread to the kidneys. For most women, three days antibiotics treatment will ease them up while for men and in more complicated cases, a longer duration of treatment if needed. Antibiotics are preferred for treating UTIs because they are the surest way to prevent the spread of infection to the kidney and other vital organs. Moreover, antibiotics are very effective for treating UTIs as most people begin to feel better after one or two days of treatment. The antibiotic that will be prescribed and how long it will be used depends on the mildness or severity of the case and your own health condition. Severe infections may include treatment with intravenous antibiotics in a hospital. It is better and safer to use antibiotics based on recommendations by your doctor especially after the type of infection you have has been determined.
The D in D-mannose means destroy as far as UTI is concerned. Dr. Chris Kresser considers it the most effective supplement for the treatment of UTIs. While Dr Jonathan Wright who has been using D-mannose as a treatment for UTI for over 20 years says it is 85-90% effective. D-mannose is very useful in treating acute UTIs and prophylaxis in women due to recurrent infections. It is a safe treatment both for adults and children. D-mannose is a natural sugar obtainable in some fruits such as cranberries, apples and blueberries. D-mannose id very effective for curing UTI is because it clutches its tentacles to the very bacteria responsible for 90% of UTIs; E. coli more than the E. coli itself sticks to human cells. As a result, it is a matter of the bacteria meeting a force greater than its own and it ends up being flushed out as urine. When D-mannose is absorbed in sufficient quantity, it moves to the urine through the kidneys and from there begin to battle the bacteria. D-mannose is a safe treatment for people with diabetes as its sugar doesn’t metabolize like that of other sugars. It can be taken in any quantity without causing side effects.
Herbal treatment like the use of Uva Ursi provides great relief from UTI however; it is only effective for lower urinary tract infection. The Uva Ursi herb is popularly known as bearberry leaf. This leaf possesses antiseptic quality that helps to reduce pathogenic bacteria which cause UTIs. Mixing Uva Ursi with tea is and drinking a cup of such mixture is the daily recommendation for someone with UTI. While this herb is good for the kidneys, the treatment should not extend five days as anything more could lead to liver damage. Whatever herbal treatment you intend to take, it is important to get a go ahead from your doctor who is familiar with your health history and knows how such treatment will work for you.
Empty your Bladder Frequently
It may not seem likely because of the way you are feeling but truth remains that each time you pass out urine, you are consequently flushing away the bacteria causing UTI. So, don’t spare yourself in emptying your bladder as it is a way to treat yourself and cure the infection. This may however be inconsequential if you keep feeding on bladder irritants. When you have a UTI, you should keep away from caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, sugary foods and artificial sweeteners. These intakes only further irritate your bladder and can make the process of urinating extremely painful.
Drink Lots of Water
This seems to be available on the list of every treatment available but that’s because of its efficacy. In the case of UTIs, the role of water can’t be over emphasized. The more water you drink, the more you are pressed to pass out urine and the more frequently the infectious bacteria are flushed away from the body. Because of the probable pain, you may want to hold out on the water intake but you need to know that it’s the key to your well-being. The role of water in treating UTIs is emphasized by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
The treatments above are for UTIs caused by E. coli bacteria which cause the most common forms of UTI. Treatment for UTIs not caused by E. coli bacteria include:
When non E. coli bacteria like aggregation of microorganisms and other extracellular organisms attach themselves to the walls of the bladder or urogenital tract, biofilms are formed. Biofilms are largely resistant to antibacterial. Biofilm disruptors contain specialized enzymes which destroy the sugar and fibrin and in turn reduce UTI occurrence. Specialized enzymes that have proved efficient in disrupting biofilms include; InterFase Plus, Nattokinase and Apolactoferrin
Prevention of UTIs
Anyone who has had UTI before will agree it is better to not have it at all. Lifestyle changes like maintaining a good hygiene, using mild antibiotics before and after sexual intercourse, and using probiotics after antibiotics treatment to restore useful bacteria to the body will go a long way in preventing an occurrence of UTI or preventing a recurrence.